Alpha King - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 5,662
Reviews: 1,739
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.15%
Wants: 911
Gots: 864 | FT: 30
Brewed by:
3 Floyds Brewing Co. visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  6.66% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-23-2000

A bold yet balanced American Pale Ale with slight caramel sweetness and aggressive citrus hoppiness. This is our flagship beer.

68 IBU
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 5,662 | Reviews: 1,739
Photo of deadkat99
4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A delicious new classic. Citrus flavors and smooth almost sweet body ending with just enough bitterness.

Photo of KVNBGRY
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

So creamy smooth. Green-like citrus. Solid fluffy head atop a red body.

Photo of Big_V
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From the first sip I knew this was a well crafted beer. Lemon and citrus notes. Very creamy and smooth. Easily the best pale ale I've had. Had ZD but I don't think it was fresh.Wish this was available in my area.

Photo of Gunna20
5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Most well balanced pale ale on the market...it is made to go with food! Pair it with stake, burgers or pizza and you will love it...not as good as a standalone, but that is kind of the idea.

Photo of madelfonatree
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Look - Darker than a typical Pale Ale. Head has more of a ten color to it than ivory. Head is medium and lacing is there. Medium carbonation size.

Smell - Subtle dankness. Lemon/lime. Is there very faint bubble gum?

Taste - Bready. Caramel. Not too bitter. Citrus finish.

Feel - Smooth. Doesn't sting. Doesn't explode but not flat.

Overall - Why do you need to be blown away with bitterness? This is drinkable beer with a hint of what you want in an IPA. I liked it more out of a bottle.

Photo of KSOZE
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Balanced pale with good malty backbone to support the citrusy hops.

Photo of Hoppity1
4.19/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

If you want 3 Floyds and can't get zombie dust it is a good back up. Good beer.

Photo of chefhatt
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great hop favor burst. Smooth and nice citrus flavor. One of the best pale ales I hAve had

Photo of MattJ85
3.18/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Smells of fruit, and tropical hops. The smell might be hops and malt but the Deep malt backbone comes through in a crisp malt finish/taste. The hops are up front and quickly fade into a really nice dry finish. I prefer my pales a touch hoppier, and less malt. This beer was very enjoyable, however since I cannot get on the regular did not live up to the Three Floyds hype.

Photo of georgeaaron
4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is my go to beer for large parts of the year. Whenever I want a fresh and hoppy beverage.

Photo of twoody
4.36/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Nice color. Thick by not cloudy. Pleasant and mellow without much bite. Refreshing level of hoppy taste in the finish.

Photo of JLeineke
4.36/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep red-orange with an off-white head that dissipates quickly. Very clear with little to no yeast residue. The colour is surprising, expecting something lighter. Very hop intensive smell! Lots of citrus, and floral notes. Some alcohol in the nose as well.
Tastes fantastic! The citrusy hops really shine through. A lot of grapefruit and pineapple flavours. Carameley malts a dry finish leave you wanting more. I wish they had a larger distribution network so I could drink this more.

Photo of Swimcoach12
4.93/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of my favorite beers

Photo of ThomasPeck
4.65/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

One of my top 3 favorites from FFF.
They have so many its hard to keep up.
Between ZD and GA, its right at the top.
A def oldie but goodie.

Photo of Austin32
4.41/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

One of the most drinkable pale ales I have ever enjoyed. Full of citrus hop flavor but smooth enough you can keep drinking them without bitterness. Excellent offering.

Photo of ajcuster89
3.95/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this guy a million times. Can't wait for the next one.

Photo of Gorilla_Biscuits
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

One of the greatest pale ales ever.

Photo of Clockwork420
4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L - Amber bronze pour with slight off white creamy head. Retention was good (cold) with semi aggressive pour.

S - Smell is citrus. Sugary. Slightly hoppy bitterness. A bit of a smell of jelly beans. Fresh opened bag of candies. Mixture of different fruit smells. Tart and sour notes.

T - Taste is upfront in the hops region. No hiding it. Slightly bitter but had a hint of grapefruit and citrus. Leaves slightly tart taste in the end and last long after.

M - Mouth feel is pleasurable, carbonation on par. Carbonation is right in the middle of the spectrum. A bit thin but fits style. Could spend a long time sipping on this one.

Overall very solid. Quality wise it is one to strive to replicated and duplicate. Very good. High drink ability. I hate saying it, but if I wanted an IPA I would get a Alpha King without thinking. Its perfectly balanced.

Photo of SaltofOH
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Pies & Pints, Worthington, OH. Imperial pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep copper with 1.5 fingers foamy white head. Little visible carbonation. EPIC lacing, but not much retention [and that says a lot, because I don't think the glasses were as clean as I would clean them at home].

Aroma: Lovely. Centennial? Hoppy goodness. Tart citrus, tropical - Mango? Lime. slight hint of Simcoe; the sample glass reeked of Simcoe/gasoline.

Taste: Slightly malty, tart arrival; fruity, malty mid-palate; hops throughout; slow burn, lingering bitterness, slightly medicinal. I found this improved tremendously as it warmed.

Mouthfeel: Solidly mid-weight. Decent carbonation, pretty astringent.

Overall: Better as it warms. Unbalanced, at 68 IBUs it drinks much hoppier. Not really refreshing, and not balanced, but notable.


Mouthfeel: Solidly midweight, decent carbonation.

Photo of Max_Double_D
4.34/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice caramel taste, hint of that great 3 Floyds citrus vibe they have, smooth finish. This is a great beer.

Photo of alisadk
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First sip at Three Floyds Brewery Indianapolis Thanksgiving 2013 with Andy, John, mom, dad, Shipp, Andy D.

Photo of Lettsgo3
4.99/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Beautifully blended beer. Great color and flavor. A number one choice

Photo of chefbigjon
4.19/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

To me, it reminds me more of an amber. Very well balanced between hop and malt although a tad maltier to my palette. Very good but can't believe it goes for $20 a sixer.

Photo of do_ob
4.56/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle into a snifter. Pours dark amber with lots of carbonation. 1 finger head of sticky white foam sits on top. Very aromatic with strong notes of grapefruit, peaches, oranges, citrus, and malt. Medium weight to the body, and incredibly smooth from start to finish. Taste is identical to smell; good amount of hops and grapefruit initially, and faded into a tart citrus taste. Very balanced with lots of malt on the back end.

Probably one of the best balanced APA's I've had. It reminds me a lot of Little Sumpin' Sumpin' with the strong grapefruit-forward smell and taste. This is a tiny bit more toned down and refined, though. Very good APA. Would probably be one of my go-to's if it were readily available.

Photo of micmismi
2.8/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This is bland and boring. Nothing special

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Alpha King from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 5,662 ratings.